Counted Out Card Trick

by John Kurlak


The spectator chooses and memorizes a card. The magician cuts the deck and shuffles. Then, the magician asks the spectator to name any number from 1 to 20. The magician deals that many cards onto the table. The last card dealt is the spectator's card.


  1. Allow the spectator to choose and memorize a card.
  2. Split the deck and let the spectator replace his card.
  3. Catch a pinky break below the spectator's card as you close the deck.
  4. Perform a double undercut, bringing the spectator's card to the bottom of the deck.
  5. Perform a bottom retention overhand shuffle.
  6. Ask the spectator to name any number from 1 to 20.
  7. Glide the bottom card and deal the specified number of cards onto the table from the bottom of the deck, counting aloud as you go.
  8. When you get to the specified number, deal the glided card.
  9. Ask the spectator to turn over the last card dealt. It should be his card.

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